Bonding Leave

The University provides employees who are parents of a newborn child, a newly adopted child or the sponsor of a new foster/guardian care placement with paid leave to allow for a period of bonding with the child. This policy includes parents in same-sex relationships.


Administrators and Professionals and Professional Research Staff who have completed two (2) years of full-time service (excluding any leaves) prior to birth, adoption or placement of foster care children.

Effective date of policy

This policy applies to all Administrators and Professionals and Professional Research Staff who give birth, adopt, or take into foster care a child on or after December 1, 2004.


When the employee is the PRIMARY caregiver, he/she is eligible for six (6) weeks of bonding leave at full pay immediately following the birth, adoption or placement of a foster child or immediately following post-birth disability.

A parent who is NOT the primary caregiver is eligible for one week of bonding leave at full pay following the birth, adoption or placement of a foster child.

Where both parents are NYU employees eligible under this policy, only one parent may be designated as the primary caregiver at a given time. The maximum bonding leave benefit for both parents is six (6) weeks combined including primary and non-primary leave.

The period of bonding leave must immediately follow either the birth and disability period or the adoption/foster care placement date.

An employee is entitled to a maximum of one (1) bonding leave in a twelve month period.

"Parent" includes: (1) the biological parent; (2) adoptive parent; (3) foster care parent; (4) any employee who is legally responsible for a minor child as defined in this policy.

University Leave and FMLA

The University provides medical leave and family care leave to eligible employees in accordance with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 ("FMLA"). If an employee is eligible for FMLA leave, that leave runs concurrently with the periods of University sick and disability leave and paid bonding leave. In no event will an employee's entitlement to leave be less than what employees are eligible for under FMLA. Read about your rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act. An employee wishing to apply for paid bonding leave must complete a Bonding Leave Application for the leave and follow the process for requesting FMLA.

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